Pox

Pox

Genius, Madness, and the Mysteries of Syphilis

eBook - 2008
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From Beethoven to Oscar Wilde, from Van Gogh to Hitler, Deborah Hayden throws new light on the effects of syphilis on the lives and works of seminal figures from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.Writing with remarkable insight and narrative flair, Hayden argues that biographers and historians have vastly underestimated the influence of what Thomas Mann called ""this exhilarating yet wasting disease."" Shrouded in secrecy, syphilis was accompanied by wild euphoria and suicidal depression, megalomania and paranoia, profoundly affecting sufferers' worldview, their sexual behavior, an
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780786724130
0786724137
Characteristics: 1 online resource (634 p.)
Summary: From Beethoven to Oscar Wilde, from Van Gogh to Hitler, Deborah Hayden throws new light on the effects of syphilis on the lives and works of seminal figures from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.Writing with remarkable insight and narrative flair, Hayden argues that biographers and historians have vastly underestimated the influence of what Thomas Mann called ""this exhilarating yet wasting disease."" Shrouded in secrecy, syphilis was accompanied by wild euphoria and suicidal depression, megalomania and paranoia, profoundly affecting sufferers' worldview, their sexual behavior, an

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Aug 18, 2015

"Scarcely have you been born before you begin rotting." - Gustave Flaubert

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"You haven't seen my thoughts anywhere, have you?" - Guy de Maupassant

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...he (Nietzsche) felt "like a zig-zag doodle drawn on paper by a superior power wanting to try out a new pen."

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"My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has got to go." - Oscar Wilde

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"History is merely gossip" - Oscar Wilde

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"No one knows another's pain" - Schubert

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Aug 18, 2015

A very interesting read! This book gives a very well researched and fascinating history and background of syphilis including its origins and how it spread across Europe. My main complaint is that throughout the book, the author is incredibly repetitious to where her arguments lose their force because they are so over used.

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